An Assessment of Birth Registration System and Factors Affecting India and Its States: An Evaluation From NFHS-3 & NFHS-4

Nutan Kumari

Background: Registration of birth is mandatory in India. An assessment of birth registration system in India and its states: an evaluation from NFHS-3 and NFHS-4. Multivariate analysis was used for the present study. The birth registration has been improved from the last 10 years (from 41 % to 80 %). There is an increase in birth registration in all the states of India but there are still few states are lagging behind (like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar). Mother schooling, wealth and caste of the household play an important role in registration birth. Sex of birth doesn’t play any role in registering the birth. Conclusion: the present study showed high levels of birth registration which were related to the awareness among the urban population regarding birth registration. Therefore, the efforts should be continued to make the community aware and sensitize regarding the importance and usefulness of birth certificate.

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 Presented in Session 3. Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography